Monrovia Fire & Rescue Introduces Samson as Official Mascot
Monrovia Fire & Rescue introduced an official mascot, Samson, who will take an active role in embracing the department’s community outreach initiatives.
Living in the foothills, residents are provided the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature and close encounters with wildlife. In the 1990s, a particularly bold, 500-pound California black bear made himself at home in Monrovia by coming down from the foothills, grabbing a bite to eat from a trash can or fruit tree and jumping into hot tubs to relax after a hard day's forage. In 1994, Samson became ill and was set to be euthanized. However, after an uproar from the community, Governor Pete Wilson ordered the Department of Fish and Wildlife to give Samson a stay of execution. Samson lived out the remainder of his life at the Orange County Zoo.
“Our City has a rich history with Samson the Bear,” said Brad Dover, Fire Chief. “However, it is our belief that we have a great opportunity to make something of our own. By identifying Samson as the department’s official mascot, we can better engage our community and spread our message of fire safety in an innovative and progressive way.”
Samson will assist firefighters in spreading important fire safety topics including: Home Fire Escape Plan, Emergency 9-1-1, Fire Extinguishers, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, and Stop, Drop and Roll. In the near future, Samson will attend events such as the Monrovia Firefighters Association Annual Pancake Breakfast, Monrovia Area Partnership block parties, 4th of July Concert & Fireworks Show, Monrovia Friday Night Street Fair and Market, Fountain to the Falls, Sidewalk CPR and Read Across Monrovia.
On Oct. 5, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will kick off Fire Prevention Week with an open house and a special appearance by Samson! Station 101, located on 141 E. Lemon Ave., will be opening its doors to the general public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will host a Junior Firefighter Challenge—a course designed for kids to simulate firefighter drills—as well as an Auto Extrication demonstration. The demonstration will include tools and procedures the department uses in order to extricate a patient from an automobile accident.